Windows 10: Win10 screen resolution

  1.    28 Aug 2015 #1

    Win10 screen resolution

    I recently upgraded my new Dell Inspiron mini-tower from Win8.1 to Win10. I noticed that icons on the desktop were chopped-off on the left side of the screen. So I tried various screen resolutions to make the display better fit the 17" monitor. Win10 kept suggesting that the normal resolution was 2040x1152, but the identical display on my old XP computer is at 1280x1024. When I finally tried the suggested resolution, the screen went black and only an error message was seen : "analog input. Windows cannot display this resolution". Unfortunately, with no display I was unable to go back to the original resolution. So I ended up wiping the hard drive and reinstalling Win8.1 before I could upgrade again to Win10.

    Now I'm back to square one. And the icons are still chopped off. I tried the display slider at 125% scale, but that didn't help. I would appreciate any suggestions for getting my monitor to display all of the content without getting too small, or slicing off the edges. As I said before 1280x1024 looks good on XP. Thanks for your support.
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  2.    29 Aug 2015 #2

    If you've upgraded and activated Windows 10, you can now do a clean install and skip the upgrade process. When asked to enter a product key, just click skip, it will activate. It activates against the hardware ID stored during the first activation. You can download install media for a clean install here.

    Do you know what the native resolution is for that model screen? That is normally what Windows will use by default? If it's recommending another resolution my guess is your Video drivers need to be updated. What does it show in device manager for that screen, is it identified correctly? If you image is just off center and too far to the left, you should be able to center it again with the monitor menu controls.
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  3.    29 Aug 2015 #3

    The monitor is set at its native resolution, but the edges of the display seem to be cut off. I tried the control buttons on the monitor to change the display size. That should fix the problem, but it doesn't do anything. I reduced the icon size, but they are still chopped off. It's not a major problem, more aesthetic than practical. The twin of this monitor on my old XP PC looks right, but Win10 seems to have different default settings for screen size. I guess I'll just have to get used to it.
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  4.    30 Aug 2015 #4

    You've not mentioned drivers. Windows 10 generic video card drivers aren't fully capable. It failed to identify my video card. And the resolutions it offered were half the size of the external monitor's capability.
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  5.    31 Aug 2015 #5

    I don't have any other suggestions at the moment.
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       31 Aug 2015 #6


    I had similar problems with a few installations. Downloading/installing chipset and graphics drivers from Intel plus the latest drivers from Nvidia fixed all the issues. I've found that Win10 does not always install the correct software automatically. After making the changes I make sure to use Microsoft Hide & Show Updates utility to [hopefully] prevent Win10 from automatically changing the newly installed drivers..

    Hope this helps :)
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